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    jasonlulu_2000 is offline Senior Member
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    on the half hour

    ---Do you think we've missed the bus?
    --Don't worry. It never exactly comes on the half hour like it should.

    Should I replace "on" with "at" since we often say "at 8:30"?

    Plus, if a bus comes on the half hour, does it mean it often arrives at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30...?

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    Re: on the half hour

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    ---Do you think we've missed the bus?
    --Don't worry. It never comes exactly on the half hour like it should.

    Should I replace "on" with "at" since we often say "at 8:30"? No.

    Plus, if a bus comes on the half hour, does it mean it often arrives at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30...? Yes.


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    Re: on the half hour

    There are two standard time phrases like this - "on the hour" and "on the half hour". If a bus service is scheduled to stop somewhere twice each hour, on the hour and on the half hour, then it should come at exactly 8.00, 8.30, 9.00, 9.30 etc.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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